Turkish army says its jets destroy 2 ISIS targets in al-Bab

Orient Net 2017-01-22 08:08:00

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Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes against two ISIS targets in Syrian city of al-Bab and destroyed two armed vehicles on Saturday (January 21), the military said in a statement on Sunday (January 22).

NATO member Turkey launched an incursion into Syria, dubbed "Euphrates Shield", more than four months ago to drive ISIS away from its border. Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters have besieged al-Bab for several weeks as part of the offensive.

With Euphrates Shield, Turkey aims to prevent the Kurdish YPG militia from joining up cantons it already controls along the Turkish border, fearing that would embolden Kurdish separatism inside Turkey.

Turkish-backed forces have so far secured 1,860 square km (720 square miles) of territory in Syria, it said, reaching as far as the northern and western borders of al-Bab.